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Circulation & Billing Policy

National Louis University Library & Learning Support (NLU LLS) is committed to providing access to high quality materials in print and electronic formats. Circulation of materials covers borrowing of physical materials owned by National Louis University, I-Share member libraries, and libraries providing physical materials via interlibrary loan. This policy defines valid borrowers of NLU and interlibrary loan resources, identifies materials that can be borrowed, and explains the billing practices for replacement of lost and damaged materials.

Current National Louis University students, faculty, staff, and administration (NLU Patrons) have library and interlibrary loan privileges.

NLU Patrons can:

  • Borrow circulating materials owned by NLU, this does not include library use only materials
  • Create an I-Share account to request circulating materials owned by NLU LLS and from member libraries in the I-Share system
  • Create an ILLiad account to request full text articles and books not available in the I-Share system

NLU Materials

NLU patrons can check out regular circulating materials owned by NLU for a period of 12 weeks, with the ability to renew the materials two additional times.

Some NLU materials have a shorter loan period depending on the item type:

  • Americas Collection
    • Can be borrowed by NLU Patrons
    • Loan period 4 weeks
    • Can be renewed 2 additional times
  • Test Prep materials (Dantes, CLEP, etc.)
    • Can be borrowed by NLU Patrons
    • Loan period 4 weeks
    • Can be renewed 2 additional times
  • Circulating Theses and Dissertations - Not all dissertations and theses in the collection can circulate, some are library use only
    • Can be borrowed by NLU Patrons
    • Loan period 1 week
    • Cannot be renewed
  • VHS and DVDs
    • Can be borrowed by only NLU Faculty and Staff
    • Loan period 2 weeks
    • Can be renewed 1 time for 1 additional week

I-Share & ILLiad Materials

NLU Patrons can check out circulating materials owned by other libraries in the I-Share system for a period of 4 weeks, with the ability to renew the materials two additional times.

  • Renewals for I-Share items can be done only through the NLU Patron’s online I-Share Account.
  • If an item is recalled by the owning library then the item must be returned immediately regardless of the original due date.

Print materials borrowed via ILLiad have a loan period set by the lending institution. ILLiad items cannot be renewed, and must be returned by the due date.

Identification

To check out NLU, I-Share, and ILLiad print materials, NLU Patrons must provide identification which is checked in the circulation system.

  1. Reserve materials are able to be borrowed until midnight of the day the item is checked out.
  2. Reserve materials cannot be renewed, and must be returned either to the circulation desk or in the Library Returns bin after business hours.
  3. NLU Faculty may also put items they own on reserve for student use.
    • The default loan period for faculty owned reserved items is until midnight of the day the item is checked out, unless the faculty member sets a different loan period.
    • Items are kept on reserve for one term, unless arrangements are made with Library & Learning Support to keep the reserve items for longer than one term.
    • NLU Patrons must provide identification which is checked in the circulation system and indicated on the reserve item slip to connect the item with the NLU Patron borrowing the item.

Overdue Notices for NLU and I-Share items

  • First Overdue notice is sent 7 days after the due date
  • Second Overdue notice is sent 21 days after the due date
  • Item is considered Lost 29 days after the due date
    • The replacement cost is automatically added to your library account.
    • Items in the Overdue Assumed Lost status cannot be renewed.
    • The library account is blocked from requesting and borrowing materials until the issue is resolved.
    • The replacement cost of the item will be added to and a hold will be placed on the student’s account in Student Finance.

Overdue Notices for ILLiad items

  • First Overdue notice is sent 7 days after the due date
  • Second Overdue notice is sent 14 days after the due date
  • Third Overdue notice is sent 21 days after the due date.
    • The ILLiad account is automatically blocked from requesting articles and books
    • 2 weeks from the receipt of an invoice from the lending institution for the replacement cost of the item, the amount will be added to and a hold will be placed on the student’s account in Student Finance.

Replacement Costs for NLU Materials

  • Replacement cost for items will appear on the NLU patron’s I-Share account
  • $50.00 per item is the replacement cost for all lost or damaged items
  • There will be no refunds issued for paid library fines.
  • Arrangements for replacing lost items must be made with Daisy Chavez, dchavez@nl.edu.

Replacement Costs for I-Share Materials

  • Replacement cost for items will appear on the NLU patron’s I-Share account
  • National Louis University borrowers are subject to the loan and fine policies of the institution from which they have borrowed the material. All NLU Patrons may be charged a processing fees and lost item replacement fees by the lending library for failure to return or renew material by the due date.
  • All payments must be made to the lending institution, and not NLU.
  • Contact the lending I-Share Library in order to get information on how to pay for the replacement cost of the lost item.
  • I-Share Member Contact Information http://www.carli.illinois.edu/membership/i-share_part
  • As a member of the I-Share Library Consortium, National Louis University adheres to the I-Share Library Resource Sharing Code. This code obligates us to assist the lending library in securing the return of overdue materials and the fines and/or processing fees associated with late renewals or returns. Lending libraries may request that we block the borrowing privileges of NLU Patrons who fail to return or renew materials when due, who fail to return recalled material promptly, or who do not pay invoices received for overdue fines, billing fees, or lost book charges promptly.

Replacement Costs for ILLiad Materials

  • Replacement cost for items will be emailed to the NLU Patron.
  • NLU Patrons are subject to the loan and fine policies of the institution from which they have borrowed the material. All NLU Patrons may be charged a lost item replacement fees by the lending library for failure to return material by the due date.
  • 2 weeks from the receipt of an invoice from the lending institution for the replacement cost of the item, the amount will be added to and a hold will be placed on the student’s account in Student Finance.
  1. NLU Patrons that are located off campus and who cannot travel to an NLU Library & Learning Support location in the Chicago area can have print materials mailed to their home address.
  2. Items will be held at the Wheeling Library & Learning Support location to ensure that all requested items have been received to ship materials in as few shipments as possible.
  3. Items will be charged to the NLU Patron library account when items are going to be shipped.
  4. Library & Learning Support Staff will ship items via UPS.
  5. The NLU Patron is responsible for any loss or damage of items once they are shipped.
  6. Items must be returned by the due date that is indicated in the NLU Patron’s I-Share Account.
  7. Items can be returned in person at the Library & Learning Support locations at Chicago, Lisle, North Shore, or Wheeling
  8. NLU Patrons are responsible for paying the return shipping fees.
  9. Items can be returned via mail to:

National Louis University

Wheeling Library & Learning Support

1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL, 60090

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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